once there was a slacker, slacker, slacker...

Yep, thats me, not a snowman! A slacker. I'm in Heber for a while, will update after christmas!

Do you ever feel...

like you can't tell someone how you truly feel? because if you did it would practically set off a bomb? Or do you know people who are like walking time bombs themselves and you must walk on eggshells to not set them off? I do... for so long I was always the girl to tell you how she feels and not let anyone tell her otherwise, Always the one known for not letting anyone convince her any other direction then the one she was heading... well one day i woke up and i think i met my match. Well guess what...that person met their match as well....
Note to yall.....
Don't let anyone tear you down for no good reason, keep your head held high, especially when someone passes judgment on you when they have not the slightest idea what they are saying, not knowing your situation, what happened, what has happened, and how far you have come to get over the past. It is disgusting to think that for some reason the world thinks its okay to put their business where it does not belong or to put their nose into business that it does not belong...SOMETIMES those people put a hardship on others, but they don't ever know it... why? Because they are unhappy with themselves and they can't admit that they did something wrong, or that they are completely jealous of this person that they just cover it up with hatred for the person before they even know them.. but there is good in this world still... there are those who really take what we believe being LDS and apply it in their lives, they give people chances and first impression through word of mouth Also known as gossip- is thrown out and they turn away from the one who is so my old math teacher used to say, spewing diarrhea from the mouth- yep... that's how i feel today. I feel great! How about you?


A not so smart decision...

Today i didn't go to work for the 4th day! I have had this nasty sickness that i found out yesterday was a bronchial upper respiratory infection in my lungs... i have had this before... okay, so... i decided to clean the downstairs bathroom today, it sucks having to clean 3 bathrooms! haha..... well when we bought the house there was a ring in all the toilets because it sat so long... i scrubbed and scrubbed to get it off and i got it pretty good, decided to replace the toilets sometime before the house warming party... so today after being in heber and then being sick so i have not cleaned i seee a little ring again so i decided to bust out my own concauction of chemicals... needless to say the toilet bowl is now like a banana yellow and it was full of blueish green yellow fizzy bubbly stuff until i flushed it. Now im coughing and hacking and cant breathe and this smell of a science project gone bad fills my house, i had to open all the doors and windows and there is a ton of them in my house! well that was my not so smart doing. I need a gas mask!


Going Private!

I have decided to go private with my blog! LEave me a comment here with your email address or email me at (there is NO F in there its my last name then Crandell of course then... I will sent you an invite:)

Thanksgiving Time-So much to be thankful for

WIth Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's nice taking a moment to think about what I have been blessed with in my life and what i am thankful for- a few of my favorite blessings

*My husband-whom I love so much

*Heavenly Father- whom is so very forgiving and never holds grudges

*The church- the guidance it brings

*My mom- she is so giving

*Family- both sides, the support and friendship

*Eternal Families- I can't wait to see Azure again- knowing that my marriage does not end at death do us part

*Agency- Free to choose

*Repentance- Gotta love it

There are so many things to be thankful for, at the present time there are some crazy happenings over here at the Crandell home. None i would like to ruin this post with so i will leave that for another time. I seem to always tell myself, no matter what my issues and struggles are, there is always someone who has it alot worse than myself. Be thankful for what you do have instead of complaining about what you don't have. Acceptance is the key:) This year for Thanksgiving we decided to just go up to Heber and make it a short trip instead of staying too long, but we enjoy going up to see the family for the holidays:)


The Cochran Wedding

I am a little late but i figured better late than never right? October 23rd Sara and Jesse were sealed in the Snowflake Temple. It is so awesome to be a witness of an eternal family. It's so uplifting knowing that theses two amazing people just took another step in the Lord's direction. I'm so glad to know this couple and am blessed that they have let us be a part of their life and also of their special day. Me and Sara plannes alot of their wedding together and when i got to the reception she threw me in some of her wedding pictures with a "bridesmaides" tie. It was so funny. I love her so much. Andrew got to DJ their wedding and the tenney ranch looked AH-mazing thanks to Tara tenney and her possy she gathered. Their 2 day sealing-reception was a smash and I am so happy for them! The cochrans
Me and the bride-so beautiful she looked

Go Jesse!~
Jesse's face explains it all.
The dress
Her makeup that she let me do, she looked way hot


Giving up soda

Since i started training on Monday, one of my tasks was to give up soda on the second week... So i was going to drink all the soda i wanted to this week and start next week... I thought i would just make it easier and quit this week... today is Saturday and i have not had soda since MONDAY! I know it seems lame, but soda is good and it helps me stay out of shape and lazy, so of course why would i give it up. I did though! I am so happy about that. Andrew is teasing me every chance he gets though for sure! Yesterday Andrew drank a total of 80 oz of soda all after 6pm! You know he always put it in my face and said... Manny I have sodaaaaa.... Agh I have almost wanted to, but I'm holding strong! At Katie's luncheon yesterday there was water or puncg, i figured (since monst mormon get togethers serve kool aid) that it was kool aid, well just so happens that i look over and they are putting sprite in it! oh man, i gave it up before drinking it and had the water:) Hopefully i will continue


A few things that i feel like...

These are what i feel like! I started raceday training yesteday (Monday). I have been telling my sister in law that i would do it and i just barely decided that i need to get back into shape... The first workout and now i am terrified to walk up my stairs! On the website there are a few steps to do after signing up and one was to pick a race and then tell everyone what you are doing... so here i am telling everyone my business... I am doing the Ragnar in February with alot of my in laws! I am so excited, and terrified and nervous at the same time... I started my half mile run yesterday... i know right? a half mile? thats nothing! but it is when your for one not in shape and for two not a runner! I just had to keep telling myself that i was almost done! Some of the picture can clarify just exactly how i felt while running and feel in general nowadays! When i run i seriously feel like how much this animal weighs. I feel like every ounce of my body just jiggles uncontrollably
I felt like Homer after the first half of the half mile. This is what i think my stomach looks like if i let it relax
and this is what i feel like my back side looks like-minus the thong

And this is soo true... this reads...Obesity finds it hardest to catch up with those who are running.


Don't forget to pray

I know i have been blogging alot about trying to find a job... well i had yet ANOTHER interview where i passed all the tests and got to the second interview. I'm scared and i don't know what is in store for me... I found myself moping and being so angry at verizon that i did what most normal people would do... Pray! yeah, that's the good stuff right there... so in all my praying I now have a few "potential" jobs... I am excited... here is the scoop... I interviewed with a man who owns a company and i am waiting to hear back from him... I also have a friend who is a doctor who has 2 sweet boys who need a good "sitter" or "nanny" and if i got those two jobs they would work together! That would be the ideal choice... then there is also go daddy which is tech support but it would put me back in a call center with me having no say or control over my hours... its a tough decision... I know which one i want, i just have to let heavenly father do his thing and hopefully i will understand why , how everything plays out. I am thankful for the power of prayer nonetheless, and i hope you all will remember to do it in all your daily doings.:)


I cant stand forwards

My sister in law kelli starkes... yes i am name dropping... text me something today where you open your phone and it starts playing some soft music like some type of jewelry box... I didnt read its contents because it started off with love chain... let's think about this for a second... love CHAIN... okay, i wont go there.. well anyway i wanted to text her back but i forgot to and tell her those things are stupid because a bad spell is not going to come upon me tomorrow and i am not going to lose someone that i love just because i dont forward the stupid thing on to 15 people... I mean the people who honestly do that must be on drugs and some pretty serious drugs to think that an email, or phone of any type will know... COUNT... the number of people you sent it to and send a non existent text to the text pharohs and you will receive some amazing gift, or prize or some love the next day... WEll just to make a long story short... Love chains and those sorts of things dont exist and dont work and technically you are just throwing 20 cents out the window to everyone that you send it to, not to mention the annoyance of having one sent as well. Alright well now that you all know i dont like forwards of any kind i feel like i will be able to sleep better tonight. :)

Testimony meeting

This past Sunday was the first testimony meeting me and Andrew were able to go to TOGETHER! i was pretty excited... i didn't even think about it being testimony meeting until we sat down and Andrew reminded me.. He did say though that we will get to find out how "weird" our ward is if they are based on this day... um can you say excuse me for a minute... Usually someone would blog about something spiritual they felt but not this time... bare with me... to start off there was like 400 kid testimonies and about 4 adults... the one adult that spoke the longest bore her testimony crying all the way through to where she was hard to understand... but what we did get out of it involved a miscarriage..which by the way is very sad and has nothign to do with this... but the after... um... BLOOD, "I started bleeding really bad" hospital, some surgery type stuff and i dont remember the rest... All this was coming out from under tears and a whiny voice. Now i could not help but to think to myself that i was being rude for having such weird feelings to this girl who i didnt know that was laying it ALL out on the table about her bloody story... but come on its just not something you share with the congregation... alright... so then a girl walks in i casually look over..mind you sacrament is almost over... and my eyes are all the sudden locked in on her ULTRA=mini skirt. It had a slit in it pretty much to her butt cheeks and when i say butt cheeks i mean a few inches from... but still... so this is the funny part, i look over to andrew and say... Did you seee that? and he shook his head and said no... see what... then starts laughing! ha, what a punk he is. Anyway... I must just give our ward time i guess and i am sure i will see that its not just all about mini skirts and bloody messes... other than that... the kids testimony meeting was very nice... just thought i would share our first testimony meeting and hope and pray no one from my ward reads this blog:)


more job hunting

Um.... so I had an interview the other day with an advertising company... a manager training posistion.. sounds good huh? hours were like mon-fri 9-5 good pay.. it turns out it was a sales position walking around home depot trying to get people to resurface their cabinets or organize their closets! Ugh i was discouraged. I am awaiting one response for an interview to see if i got that job but won't know until next week so I am hoping and praying and keeping my fingers crossed for that one. I have nothing against salesmen... but I think that if it is a sales position then the employer needs to be up front about it in the beginning of the interview that it is not for any type of a manager job and to not waste the applicants time OR the companies time. Anyway.. venting is over for now. but guess what! On good news... I signed up for the race day training to get me ready for the Ragnar in Feb... and i won an IPOD!!! YAY!!! I have never won anything... little did i know that i was even a chance of winning an ipod... Andrew says now i dont have to keep using his! ...:) Well anyway... I am watching a friend's kids right now so I don't have no camera or pictures... well i guess i do have some pictures... Maybe i can send them to my email... only she has a mac and the mac is smarter than me... ha i guess i will just not blog anything:)


Job Hunting

This is LITERALLY what i feel like I think I have applied for like 50 jobs. It seems like I don't know what I am doing sometimes. I have a good resume and a good cover letter and I have a TON of experience in the work field. I an hoping and praying that i can find a good job that I LOVE! I have got a few calls... wish me luck!


i messed it up

i thouroughly thought this one out too.. im funny! okay... so these pictures are from my sister in law's musical i went to... go down and read the blog first then look at the pictures: ~ oops.
I love antiqued photography!
She looked so good in every outfit that she came out in!

I could sing her really well even from my seat!

this was the stage... i was preparing for a huge theater with a big stage... i would have been terrified to do it on this stage so close to everyone. Jenny has some guts!
Me and Allison
This place is way yummy

Mandy Pandy and Grace Face
... she does hae a really skinny face. I hate that mine is so ROUND

A whole lot of catching up to do.

I can't beelive that like 10 occasions have gone by and i have not blogged yet... well they are coming. this is thee day to BLOG! Okay the First thing i did was went to my first musical!!! Jenny was in a musical at the Hale theater called "She loves me". I had NO idea Jenny was so talented and such a good singer! I was able to drag two of my good friends along with me! We ate some dinner before we got there at the yummy yummy yummy Joe's BArbecue... if you have not eaten there yet you really really NEED to. It's the best ever. It was so funny, when we got there we decided to not go in... If you have been there on a weekend night you know what i mean... It's packed. Anyway there was this weird guy sitting outside who asked if i could buy him something to eat because he was stranded... I told him i would get him a pulled pork sandwich and he asked for RIBS instead... sorry homeless man, beggers cant be choosers... well since im so nice i bought him exactly what he wanted! Am i crazy or what! um.... yes... so my bill that was like 6 dollars turned into 20! then some lady in line got her food turned around and handed me 5 dollars to put towards this guys dinner! Good things came from that i beleive. Anyway i didnt see the man afte that... So on to the rest of the night... I got into troule inside the theater... I guess you are not allowed to take pictures... but i was and i didnt read the fine print... Here is what i got...

life is a highway...that will never be finished being built

Sometimes i wonder why things happen and specifically why do they happen to me...for instace. July 6th, there was a man leaving a bar and he had way too much alcohol in his system...but because it would have been too much of a hassle for him to call a cab or his wife or maybe even a friend he decided i will just drive my self home... the common reason they THINK they are okay. He pulled out onto Greenway road feeling pretty good...
July 6th... A woman just got done dropping her husband off to pick up his truck from his brother's house. She had not put on her seatbelt just yet because she was in a hurry to get home and was so excited to think about the home offer they were going to be putting in as soon as they got home. The woman gets up to the light that is red and gets into her turning lane with her blinker on. The spirit whispered to her to not get too close to the stopped car in front of her;She listened. As she looked up into her rear view mirror seeing if her husband was behind her she sees a truck coming so fast at her she didn't even know what happened! The rest is history. Not much the woman can remember from all the chaos but she was alive and thnkful for that.
If i could only tell you what the drunk man was thinking. He kept saying sorry over and over again but it does not fix the pain the woman went through for so long, her never having a day where her back does not hurt, the annoyance in her life it caused, and her job. After all she did work for one of the largest companies in the world and with that comes a strict attendance policy. The woman missed work and a day was not covered but what does verizon wireless care? they have THOUSANDS of employees and they dont have time to consider one woman's job when they have 87 MILLION customers to take care of? So she get's let go? yes

So I am the woman. Mandy Crandell... who went thoguh HELL with this accident and the lawyer and the chiropractor and not sleeping and not being able to have a SINGLE day where my back does not bother me now, and i LOSE my job??? all because this one man would not take the time to be respsponsible to call someone to come pick him up from the bar where he was served way too much alcohol.
I just can't beleive it. I have/had so much anger, hatrid, EVERY OTHER FEELING you can think of towards this man and there is no way i can go back to the way my life was before. The lease i can say is it SUCKS! We JUST bought a house and were almost thinking about having a baby, but all that is taken away now because of one person's actions. I hope he realizes someday, although he probably wont, because alcoholocs don't care for anything or anyone but themselves and their alcohol, what his one stupid decision caused aLOT of people. It does not only affect me, it affects all my family, my friends and most of all my husband! I hope the courts have NO mercy on this man who was so uncaring and insensitive in his decision to drink and drive. I can honeslty say i will try everything in my power before i make any more decisions in my life to know if they will hurt anyone else? how will it effect me or anyone else this decision makes in anyone elses life. From all the things i have been personally dealing with this was the last thing i had ever imagined to happen. I cried on the way home from Heber yesterday until Andrew found the faucet to turn it off...he said " Is it just barely sinking in now?" I guess it does. I woke up this morning from a dream last night that i was at work, but i realized it was for sure real. Finding a job that pays as much as i got paid in this economy? forget about it. There is no way... I need to have faith and ask heavenly father, i do and will. I just am discouraged and i want to blame it all on one stupid guy who made a stupid decision that i feel has ruined my life at the moment... is that okay?



UGHHHH i went through this hassle of changing my font and now its messed up and now its pink! and its only the headers and now i am so sad because im probably going to have to start a new blog if i ever want to get rid of this crap! yuck.

Missing Andrew

It's so late right now and im trying to stay up for andrew to come home. During football season... although i love football.. i dont get to see andrew very much because of his company being contracted with ASU and the Cardinals. Last night Sara, her mom and her friend jenn stayed the night since it was late after the party. I knew Andrew would be home late but i asked him to wake me... he didn't because he knew i was tired but it makes me sad because he even took a shower and i heard NONE of it. I swear a stranger could come in my house and steal everything i own and i would have no clue until i woke up the next morning... sometimes i sleep so soundly... well anyway... the other night i had my friend michele and her kids over for dinner. I made pork tenderloin which is one of andrew's favorites... it was like midnight and her had barely eaten all day and he was telling me how he was dreaming of eating the dinner i made... well i told himt o wake me when he got home and i would warm him up some... he didn't, when i woke up he was not home and i was so worried he didn't even make it home. I was thinking of what a terrible wife i was that i slept right through some type of accident or something had happened. I text him..."i'm so worried... why did you not come home last night!" he replies and said i did, but i had to leave for work again at 4:30... he got home at 2! ugh... it's so sad. so now i feel like i have to stay up to make sure he eats otherwise he goes to bed:( I just miss him. Sometimes i remember when we were dating and how we would always have something planned and now we just work and watch movies and occasionally do something special. It sucks how life takes over! i can't imagine how it will be with kids. I'm sure the kids will be wonderful and my day will be full, but sometimes i just wich he has an 8-5 monday through firday job so i could actualloy see him not just in passing. This whole week i work early and he is going to heber, then im going to heber when he gets home! If there was just some magical way i could convince president Obama to give me some money so we didnt have to ever work again. hmmm. maybe i wilil write him a letter... oh here is my own advice..." you are just started in your marriage, it has just begun, stop complaining about never seeing your husband because you prob see him more than most couples with kids that are working full time. You know what i say to you? okay, fine. These are just random thoughts of mandy while she is waiting for her hubby to come home and join her presence. I sleep lots better when he is here. p.s. dont read this blog if you dont like to read long nonsense blogs.:) goodnight

just a bunch of crap

Today has been the WORST day in my head... I have all these unfinished thoughts and feelings and i dont know what to do with all of them. Andrew has been working CRAZY hours lately and that stresses me out because i always worry about him falling asleep at the wheel... its shift bid time at work and the shifts are HORRID! it seems like i will never get away from nights! I HATE nights, but im grateful to have a job. I almost wish we still lived with grandma:) Andrew's truck would not start the other day after mine came down with a serious case of the swine flu! I think its just the smell of COWS in maricopa that's having this affect on me. I love our house and it is finally all starting to come together then it seems like one thing happens and i get discouraged again. So anyway... I'm doing the RAGNAR! and im really scared. I don't like how things are right now so im ready for a change but im scared that i will let people down! but too bad, im doing it anyway:)))) Jenny is helping me alot. she rocks. Okay i have to go for now, but the bachelorette party was fun, even though most of the people flaked out!!!! yes i said it. She had a friend who drive from VEGAS!!! and some of her friends from down here in the valley did'nt even show up, but i found out that you find out who your true special and real friends are around the time of your wedding... this is true. Anyway... we had a lot of fun and i'm so excited for those two to get married in 5 days! hooray!!!


Bachelorette Party!!!!

I spent ALL day Thursday and Friday painting my house and finishing putting up some decorations...!!! Now all ready for the bachelorette party!!!



Ugh... could painting be the WORST thing in the world??? I finished painting my staircase and the HUGE wall in our home yesterday... sad news is that it STILL needs a second or third coat.. i lost track at this time. THEN i got this bright idea to do the kitchen RED! my old kitchen was RED like fire engine red so this time i wanted to do more of a rustic red, so i did... I don't know how i like the color just yet...


Remembering Azure

Today is the day im sure many know of azure's passing 2 years ago. I remember it so clear. I was in Utah with Andrew, It was a Saturday and i was expecting Mike and Brandi's family over to my apartment for dinner. Andrew and I had just decided before i left for my 11 hour journey home that we weould go to wyoming to get some fireworks so i could bring them home for him. I got a text message frommy sis that said im not sure what the plans are for tomorrow because Azure was in an accident and i heard its pretty bad...but i will let you know when i find out more. So at that moment it was confirmed that there was an accident and i truly thought that it was nothing, just a fender bender blown out of porportion. Me and Andrew still went to wyoming. As i sat in the car and told Andrew about it i was worried with a knot in my stomach because i was a whole state away, even if something did happen i had my car with me so it was not like i could just jump on a plane and be with my family. Azure was my favorite sister in law and i wanted to be there with them, come what may. The ride from coalville Utah to wyoming was about an hour and it was all rocky canyons so not good reception. I sat and waited for a call but nothing. Goit a few texts that made me grow more sick to my stomach. We got to the fireworks store..well a few of them... and then i got a call as we were checking out...It was Brandi. when i answered i could already hear mike in the background telling brandi not to tell me. I got the news. Azure is in a helicopter and they are trying to revive her.... I felt like i could not breathe. I could only imagine what my family was going through there watching it all unravel in front of their eyes. I had found out that eric was with her and it made me more sick. I fell to the floor (litterally) and could not stop crying. We left the store, the woman who checked andrew out gave him a lot of free fireworks...maybe she thought it would help me feel better?? We started back call but there was a voicemail. Brian said in a very soft tone... mandy... hey its Brian. Just wanted to let you know that Eric is good... He is doing fine...... LONG pause... but Azure... didnt make it. I gotta go.

I really didnt know what had just happened. I had to drive home for 11 hours sobbing??? There was no way. I wanted to be there with my family but i was so far away. When we got back to utah andrew told him boss what happened and he let him come home with me and drive me home. It was a good thing he did other wise i would not have made it home probably. The events that took place after that were indescribable. It has been 2 years today and it seems that i can still hear her laugh and see her big bright smile. I remember her being so happy that me and andrew were dating and she was so excited to see if we would end up getting married. It 's sad knowing that she was not here to go to the temple with us in person. I know she is in a better place and is doing the lord's will but i still can help but to think of how much she is missed in our family gatherings. She can and will never be replaced and i'm thankful that my brother was able to be sealed to her and bring little eric in this life. I know that families are forever and i will one day see Azure again. My heart goes out to my brother and her family on this day of rememberance for the life that azure lived.


Some people are just for the birds.

I want to share what is on my mind right now. I was BETRAYED by a friend to a degree that it is ridiculous ssome could do that to a so called "friend" even an acquaintance! So... before i made any drastic changes i came home and talked to my husband and i cried about it...of course this would make you cry too... Andrew held me and said " I told you." haha typical andrew. So now here i am thinking... why do i need friends... what are friends for. You generally like to hang out with the same type of people you are and have things in common and they make you laugh and you can get together and have some fun times with. Well thats how i thought she was... only to find out everything she said to me was a lie and she said the same thing to some one else only this time it was about me. I feel like an idiot... almost like a laughing stock or however you say it. I mean i HELPED this person and gave so much to her... I just cant BELEIVE it is eating away at me like this. So i started to make a few phone calls and i was going to let everyone know who she REALLY is... then my phone shut off... and i knew... I would be no better than her if i did it. All i guess i should do is turn the other cheek. I mean grantid she did say that im not really a mormon just because im a convert and the fact that i have had a surgical procedure done!!! really?? So i guess i have to be "mormon" and just do what i know in my heart to do...forgive and forget. can i do that? How can i let someone so pathetic get the best of me and she thinks that i am so STUPID that i would never find out or know what she did and what she said about me... Well i know this.....
I was a TRUE friend.
I never talked bad about her.
I was always there when she needed ANYTHING... even money when i didnt have so much.
I gave her what i knew how to give that heavenly father gave me. Love. He loved us so much that he gave his life and in return we get agency and sometimes there are people in the world who choose to exercise their agency to the fullest and belittle someone and crush their feelings...
but i chose not to.
Instead i thought i will go blog about it for all the world to see just in hopes that MAYBE one day she will somehow come to know that friendship and partner ship is more than GOSSIP.
Andrew told me today... "that is just a perfect example of how gossip hurts."
From this moment i will NEVER gossip about anyone even if it's the truth.! I could never beleive how this affected me to make me think so much but Andrew does have a good way of throwing things into perspective for me.
I should close now. Not that I have much to give but i am a good friend. I'm a friend who cares! and some of them see that. I have a best husband... and i also have heavenly father which is an awesome friend who helps me all the time and he never says anything bad about me. I just am getting all soft and just a minute ago i was furious. ugh... birth control makes me so emotional sometimes! So i will ramble until i am done.
so here is the punch line...
DON'T GOSSIP. I have done so good with not gossiping so much since me and Andrew got married. I have never had it affect me this way but it hurts to lose a friend that you held so dear to your heart. Anyway. Im done. I'm thankful to the church and what it had taught me and how i can apply it in situations like these. Thinking back on the situation... I'm glad i thought about all of it before i let my feelings get in the way. I will take the nice and easy way out. Peace.


the spirit whispers this to me...

On the way home frmo Utah, a yard full of antlers caught my eye (what you see in the picture below). I turned around to take a look and to take some pictures to show andrew. I had a feeling that I should knock on the door and ask if i could take some pictures before just inviting myself onto some perfect strangers property. I knew pretty early on in the conversation while i had the prompt to knock on the door. Her name is Elaine Norton and she is a member of the church and has the sweetest most warm spirit that i have ever met from a complete stranger. Although me and Alice were in a bit of a hurry to get home with lots of road trip in front of us, Elaine proceeded to tell us her story as she does to many people who still stop to see her property. She had no idea we were members as well and her home housed a giving spirit about it upon every wall. She was so apologetic about taking up our time and you can tell she loved company and i was okay with sitting there for a few more hours listening to her stories. The account of her family story was amazing. she told of her now late husband and how he was ill. Along their journey they lost a son named Med to a lighting accident very close to their home. One day her husband picked up a very small white shed antler and he never stopped after then. She said he did it just for something to do. He apparently had a very hard time getting over the passing of his son. The story was so heartfelt and with Elaine now, being in a power chair still has not lost her spirit. She lost her son and her husband but it seemed to me this woman could not ever lose her testimony of the church and Heavenly father. She writes poetry and has written one for every member of her family and has even won contests. I am so blessed that i did stop that day and knock on her door. I'm sure all who have crossed her path have looked back and realized they did for one reason or another. She is such a brave woman and i only knew her for 30 minutes. I included her poems she gave me a copy of below, you may have to save them to your pc and then zoom in to read them. They are wonderful.

My spirit fed soul

what's for dinner

Well me and Andrew made a deal. I can have a baby if i cook something different for the next 365 days... different means something that i have NEVER cooked before. Steap price to pay just for having a kid eh? Well come the second night when i mentioned baby he said no you still have some birth control left! What a deal breaker he is! Well i guess we will still have a baby when we are both ready, but in the mean time... Tuesday dinner was grilled chicken with broccoli and garlic sauce. Thats not that different but it was something i had never made before so it won. Andrew ate 3! plates of it... he NEVER eats that much... Wednesday night was chicken florentine with spinach and roasted red peppers. It was so very yummy. Today... wednesday is...well nothing a sandwich maybe. Andrew is out working in some different town tonight so its just me and Louie. When i had the drunken accident i needed to get a rental car and while having the rental car i went 58 through a cameraed light posted speed was 45 so.... i got a ticket! I heard if you ignore it it will go away... WRONG! I had 7 days from TODAY to go to defensive driving school or i would have my driving "priveleges" revoked... so i looked online and found a class for $205 bucks! geez. That's $15.80 per one mile an hour over the speed! anyway, i finished it 4.5 hours later! and then had to go to ups store to take an exam where the old woman was acting as if she was my mom. I wanted to tell her " look lady, you only work at the ups store on the day i happened to come in. The outcome of my test will not affect you so leave me alone!" but her peircing blue eyes stared straight to my soul so i just took my test and went home. oh wait... that was the second trip... the first trip i forgot my drivers license so i had to go back home... Anyway... my day has turned into a computer screen headache and now i think i will just clean. Yesterday i went with Andrew to the eye doctor. He is going into law enforcement so we need to get his eyes corrected. Im so glad there is good vision in my family. We are going with the best eye place there is but its 2 GRAND per eye!!!!! Is that really neccessary??? I was good enough to talk them down 8 hundred dollars though! WOW! I think president obama should give me some type of government not have to pay back fund to get that done since Andrew will be working for them:) Do you think if i put it on U tube i will get it? haha... not a chance... i know. Well here is just some random thoughts of the day. I dont have any cool stories of labor day or babies or anything to tell like all my other bloggie friends.


Wedding book

Andrew has a cousin who is very telented! her website is on my page it's the Your Digital Designer under my favorites... she is making us a wedding book and she has just started it, she sent me a few pictures of the first pages that have been completed and i think they are SO cute! THought i would share.


putting house on hold to go to utah

I got the opportunity to go to Utah with my mother in law to take care of some Family business... It just so happened that Katie Crandell is going to be Katie Kartchner! She was really bummed out that her mom could not go and well... SURPRISE! Kyle was in on it the whole time and it was so cute to see Katie and Alice hug and cry and cry. We stayed at Kyle's parents house in Provo Canyon... It was sooo pretty. First thing i heard when i got out of the car was elk bugling! Andrew was so jealous! I stayed up every night so late to try and hear them so i can let andrew listen but they always came after i fell asleep! It was saddening... Katie's wedding is gonna be so pretty and I am so excite for her and Kyle.:) Congrats you two
the river through the grand canyon... colorado river. this is where you get on to do the rafting tours in utah...

I never even knew this timy town had a temple!

It is very pretty though. Small but yet still so sacred AND gets the work done

a whole in the rock somewhere

pretty water falls in provo canyon

oh how i miss this! you dont see this in PHOENIX

Katie's ring
another shot... It's pretty. Kyle did such a good job

This is why i was driving.... gotta love it

WEll i am TRYING to show off the new power thingies that went up but Alice's windsheild is broken in about 200 places

another waterfall

and another...

I dont know why i didnt get any pictures of their faces...just their butts. I was going for a candid shot but it didnt turn out very well
Alice saw the rainbow, but no pot of gold